5 local Vancouver food brands to have at your company Christmas party
Mmmm kombucha. And kombucha that’s brewed right here in the heart of Vancouver. Hoochy Booch infuses a range of organic teas and herbs to their flavours, with no fruit juice, juice concentrates or sugar added or needed. All their natural flavours are vegan, dairy-free and contain mood-boosting profiles. They have a large range of flavours including the Bellini (peach, orange, apricot), Lady Grey (earl grey, lavender, vanilla), Turmeric Tonic (turmeric, ginger, black pepper), and Hawaiian (pineapple & other tropical fruits). Hoochy Booch makes both a delicious cocktail mixer option and a great non-alcoholic alternative to your holiday party. Bonus: they’re super easy to work with as they offer catering services as well as wholesale options.
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One of my favourite sweet treats in the city, and their growing number of locations indicate the many others who enjoy their delicious donuts! There’s just something about these donuts that hit the spot in a way that others don’t. Cartems’ ingredients are sourced from close to home and organic wherever possible. They also do baked vegan and gluten-friendly donuts and even incorporate coconut oil in the frying of their donuts, so there’s something for everyone. For special occasions they offer handmade letter donuts and also giant sized donuts. Donut letters spelling out your company tagline? Giant smoked maple walnut donut? Yes Please! Bonus - Cartems are a Mealshare partner restaurant, which means that for each donut sold (flavour dependent), Cartems contributes $1 to Mealshare, who provides a healthy meal to a youth in need.
Earnest Ice Cream
I hadn’t tried Earnest ice cream until this summer, and then I definitely made up for it. Zero regrets. This ice cream is definitely worth the hype. They work in small batches which means flexibility to experiment with foraged ingredients like fresh spruce bud and elderflower. Earnest feature rotating, seasonal flavours alongside classics like salted caramel and mint chip. They’re a zero waste ice cream shop, and pack their pints in returnable and reusable glass jars. They’re set up to cater to events and offer 4 options: Self-Scoop, Ice Cream Bar or Stand, a Sundae Bar, and a Scoop Truck. Toot toot.
Left Coast Naturals
These delicious gummy sweets are from Vancouver local company Left Coast Naturals, who are a Certified B Corporation. LCN have grown from a nut butter manufacturer to a organic and natural bulk foods distributor, looking after nearly 30 brands including 3 of their own brands (Hippie Snacks, Left Coast Bulk Foods, and Left Coast Organics). Bowls of gummy bears are always fun to add to parties (especially holiday ones as they’re so colourful). Bonus: 5% of all LCN products are donated to the community to support environmental and social causes.
Tubify is a one-of-a-kind freezie that’s made with 100% fruit ingredients and a base of coconut milk. Yum! Their products are gluten-free, vegan, all-organic, and naturally sourced. Just like Hoochy Booch, Tubify can be used as a non-alcoholic beverage alternative, and you can add sparkling water or juice to them, or use them as a base for some delicious blended cocktails. Flavours include Raspberry Raven Lemonade, Minty Moose Limeade, Coconut Koala Cafe Latte, and Mango Tiger.
Organising a holiday party for your company and looking to capture all the happenings? I’m booking events for the holiday season so get in touch if you want to chat photography. I’m also more than happy to recommend event planners and vendors if you have specifics in mind.